Saving water at your home is good for the environment and is good for your wallet too. So we’ve compiled our plumbers guide on how to save water at your place.
How to save water in eight easy steps.
1. Check for leaks
Dripping taps waste a huge amount of water. If your leaking tap filled one egg cup per day, that equates to a swimming pool of water per year! If that’s hot water leaking you’re wasting electricity too. Getting your taps fixed is a easy way to save water.
2. Turn off taps
How to save water when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving? It’s as simple as turning off the tap, rather than letting the water run. This can approximately 56 litres of water per day.
3. Use garden mulch
You can save plenty of water outside too. By applying mulch in your garden you retain the moisture in the soil which is really valuable during hot weather. Mulching also means less weeding too, and that’s got to be a good thing!
4. Test your toilet for leaks
Just like a dripping tap, a leaking toilet cistern wastes lots of water. But how do you know if your toilet is leaking? A neat test is to put a few drops of food colouring in the cistern when you go to bed. If the water in the bowl is coloured in the morning, you’ve got water escaping. This means your cistern needs repairing. It’s a fairly simple fix that your plumber can apply.
5. How to save water with a single flush toilet.
Simply fill a 1.5l plastic bottle and pop that in the cistern. That way you’ll reduce the amount of water in the cistern, and how much you flush each time. This can save you up to eight litres per flush!
6. Water your garden at dawn or dusk.
By watering early or late in the day you drastically reduce the amount of evaporation. This is particularly important during Summer when we have very long hot days.
7. Use a plastic tub in the sink.
If you wash up dishes in the sink, you can save your grey water by using a plastic tub in the sink. Once you’re done and the water is cool, you can water your garden with it. And a gardening tip, aphids hate soapy water, so fill a spray bottle with the left over water and go bug hunting!
8. Get a plumbing check
When you have a plumber booked to carry out plumbing maintenance at your house, get them to do a quick check for wear and leaks when they visit. It saves you money on call-outs but also stops a small plumbing problem becoming an expensive disaster.